Summary: It is the final year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Or at least it should be. Instead of going back to Hogwarts this year, Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione are on the quest to find the remaining Horcruxes to defeat Voldemort once and for all. During his quest, he comes across the story of the Deathly Hallows, three objects that when united makes the owner the master of death. So now Harry is on a quest to not only defeat Voldemort, but he must now figure out the mystery of the Deathly Hallows.
Strengths: This book falls into the realm of being fantasy. Despite the magical setting, the characters and the main story itself is one we can all relate to. The characters are well written and have hardships and all make sacrifices… or behave in selfish ways to defeat everyone, like in the case of Voldemort. The overall story is one that explores universal truths. The death eaters trying to destroy those that are unworthy and not of “pure blood” is an allusion to Nazi Germany and its “cleansing.” In most fantasy novels, there is an aspect of good vs. evil where good eventually triumphs, just like portrayed in this book.
Connections to Text: In this final novel in the Harry Potter series, Harry finally becomes an adult in the wizarding world by reaching the age of 17. He may be fighting the war of his life, but that doesn’t mean that he is not going through teenage developments. He is “defining his appropriate sex role” by showing a growing concern over his future wife, Ginny Weasley. When looking at Maslows Hierarchy of Needs, one could argue that Harry has been stuck between needing love and concern for his safety. In the epilogue, we see that Harry is happily married and with children and a good job. Maslow could say that he finally reached self-actualization at the end. This book was on the list Best Books for Young Adults in 2008.